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Colby Pearson WR-GB

Pearson (hamstring) didn't participate in OTAs on Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

ANALYSIS: After spending most of his rookie season unemployed, Pearson inked a deal with the Packers' practice squad in December and was retained for the offseason program. The BYU product is a long shot to make the roster behind a deep but young unit of wideouts.

Hunter Henry TE-LAC
Tears ACL, out for season

Henry tore his ACL in OTAs on Tuesday and will miss the 2018 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

ANALYSIS: Though Schefter noted Henry and the club will seek a second opinion Wednesday, Schefter's source says Henry will not suit up this coming season. After snagging 12 touchdown passes over his first two with the Chargers, Henry was slated for an uptick in responsibility after Antonio Gates wasn't re-signed. Henry and Gates split snaps the last two years, and Henry was targeted 4.43 times per game in 2017, compared to 3.3 targets for Gates. The No. 35 pick in 2016 projected to be a top TE in the fantasy realm due to his larger role, but now the Chargers will be stuck scrambling for a replacement. Schefter added that Los Angeles will consider inking Gates to a short-term deal to fill the void.

Darren Sproles RB-PHI

Sproles (knee, arm) wasn't present for the start of OTAs on Tuesday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

ANALYSIS: Sproles suffered a fractured right arm and a torn ACL in his left knee last September and is likely still working through the latter stages of his rehab. The fact that the Eagles still re-signed him this offseason despite the injuries means he should be slated to make a full recovery at some point prior to, or during the upcoming campaign. An exact timetable for that return is still somewhat uncertain, however, so look for additional updates to be provided as training camp closes in.

Will Fuller WR-HOU
Knee no longer an issue

Fuller (knee) is healthy for the start of OTAs, the Houston Chronicle reports.

ANALYSIS: Fuller displayed a promising rapport with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson (knee) last season, nabbing seven touchdown passes between Weeks 4 and 7. If he manages to stay on the field during the 2018 campaign, the third-year wideout should provide the Texans with a speedy option to pair with Deandre Hopkins for Watson. Fuller caught seven passes of 20-plus yards last season and two of 40-plus yards, all of which came with Watson at the helm.

Carson Wentz QB-PHI
Participates in individual drills

Wentz (knee) took part in individual drills during Tuesday's OTA session, The News Journal reports.

ANALYSIS: Wentz has yet to be cleared for team activities, but even participation during individual drills is a good sign for him a little over five months removed from a torn ACL. Backup Nick Foles will continue to guide the offense this offseason as Wentz progresses toward a return, but the second-year signal-caller expressed confidence in early May that he will be ready for Week 1.

De'Angelo Henderson RB-DEN

Henderson (ankle) was a full participant at the first day of OTAs Tuesday, the Denver Post reports.

ANALYSIS: Just 10 days removed from a car accident that resulted in minor injuries after his Jeep flipped over, Henderson appears healthy and ready to contribute in his first full offseason with the Broncos. The departure of C.J. Anderson during the offseason leaves a void atop the depth chart, with Henderson, Devontae Booker and Royce Freeman expected to contend for snaps. Henderson only rushed seven times as a rookie and will likely require a strong camp to overtake the other two for the lead job.

Kenneth Dixon RB-BAL

Dixon indicated after Monday's practice that his knee "feels totally well" and he is ready to play, the Ravens' official site reports.

ANALYSIS: Dixon was expected to challenge for the starting job in the backfield entering last season, but a four-game suspension followed by a season-ending meniscus tear ended his chances of seizing it. Alex Collins earned that title by averaging 4.6 yards per carry over 15 contests, falling just short of 1,000 rushing yards (973) for the campaign. While Collins enters 2018 in firm position to keep the starting gig, Dixon and Javorius Allen remain in the competition for carries and pass-catching opportunities as well. Dixon has proven particularly proficient in the latter of the two areas when healthy, hauling in 30 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown as a rookie in 2016.

Trent Taylor WR-SF

Taylor did not practice Tuesday due to a back injury, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

ANALYSIS: It doesn't appear to be anything serious for Taylor, who head coach Kyle Shanahan described as week-to-week. With the team's mandatory minicamp just three weeks away, it's possible the 49ers may elect to be cautious with the wideout throughout the rest of OTAs. Taylor recorded 43 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns during his rookie campaign in San Francisco last season.

Christian Hackenberg QB-NYJ

Hackenberg was traded to the Raiders on Tuesday in exchange for a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick.

ANALYSIS: Hackenberg was the odd man out during the start of OTAs on Tuesday, as he saw less reps than each of the other three Jets quarterbacks, and chances are the former Penn State standout was going to be released anyway this offseason after New York acquired Teddy Bridgewater and drafted Sam Darnold with the third overall pick. Hackenberg has been limited to just preseason action in each of the past two seasons, and chances are he'll end up being released by the Raiders, who already had three quarterbacks on their roster, before the start of this regular season.

Rishard Matthews WR-TEN

Matthews was present, but he did not participate in Tuesday's OTA session, Terry McCormick of reports. Coach Mike Vrabel indicated afterward that he will be worked back into the fold this offseason but wouldn't disclose if he is dealing with an injury.

ANALYSIS: After a breakout 2016 campaign for Matthews -- he totaled 65 catches for 945 yards and nine touchdowns -- his production dipped significantly in 2018 to just 53 catches for 795 yards and four scores. The team didn't make any major additions to the position this offseason, suggesting that management trusts Matthews to serve in the lead role for the club again in 2018. The emergence of a second consistent threat at receiver would likely assist Matthews' cause. Second-year wideout Corey Davis is the top returning receiver outside of Matthews from a season ago, but he snagged just 34 passes during his rookie campaign.

Demetrius Harris TE-KC

Harris was suspended for one game by the NFL on Tuesday for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, Adam Teicher of reports.

ANALYSIS: The suspension stems from Harris pleading guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana, and the backup tight end will now have to wait until Week 2 to make his 2018 debut. In Harris' absence, either Tim Wright or Jace Amaro will most likely operate as the No. 2 tight end behind Travis Kelce in the Chiefs' season opener.

Ty Montgomery WR-GB

Montgomery (wrist) participated in the first session of OTAs on Tuesday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

ANALYSIS: Wood didn't mention any limitations for Montgomery, so it's fairly safe to assume that he has recovered from the wrist surgery he underwent in early December. Montgomery is expected to fill a hybrid role for the Packers this season, working as both a running back and a receiver for the team during 2018. He began his career in Green Bay as a wide receiver but emerged as a running back in 2016, averaging 5.9 yards per tote for the Green and Gold. Montgomery struggled to replicate that output last season, however, averaging only 3.8 yards per carry. Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones figure to factor heavily into the backfield workload in 2018, while Montgomery should receive plenty of touches both in the backfield and out wide. However, it remains to be seen how his volume will be impacted by the change.

Marcus Mariota QB-TEN

Mariota didn't use a knee brace during the team's OTA session Tuesday, but he has yet to make a decision whether or not he will wear it during the season, Terry McCormick of reports.

ANALYSIS: Mariota's availability isn't in question, but wearing a brace could hinder his mobility and output on the ground during the 2018 campaign. More information on that front should surface as the regular season nears, though the issue shouldn't have a large overall impact either way.

Jordan Taylor WR-DEN

Coach Vance Joseph indicated Tuesday that Taylor (hip) will "probably be back mid-camp," Zac Stevens of reports.

ANALYSIS: Taylor was already slated to miss OTAs, but it appears his issue will pass through minicamp in June and extend slightly into training camp. The third-year wideout saw 258 offensive snaps last season, but the additions of Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton during the 2018 NFL draft may lessen his outlook entering the 2018 campaign.

Julio Jones WR-ATL

Jones is expected to return for the start of minicamp in June, the Falcons' official site reports.

ANALYSIS: Coach Dan Quinn indicated that he had been in touch with Jones this offseason, so the star wideout's absence from OTAs wasn't much of a surprise to him. The storyline doesn't have much meat on the bones, however, as voluntary OTAs are frequently skipped by established players. An absence from minicamp would be more notable, but that's not anticipated at this juncture.

Trevor Davis WR-GB

Davis is battling a hamstring injury at the beginning of OTAs, Rob Demovsky of reports.

ANALYSIS: Davis' issue will be more concerning if it creeps into minicamp and training camp, but the team is likely taking precautions early in the offseason to avoid further injury. The third-year wideout figures to mainly factor in as a returner for the Packers in 2018, but an influx of rookies during the 2017 NFL draft may force him to fight for a 53-man spot.

Davante Adams WR-GB
Absent from OTAs with hamstring injury

Adams did not participate in Tuesday's OTA session due to a hamstring injury, Rob Demovsky of reports.

ANALYSIS: Adams reportedly made his way to the field halfway through practice, but he never participated in the session. The team will likely take precautions with its top wideout early in the offseason to ensure he's ready when the season rolls around. More concern about his status should begin to surface only if the issue begins holding him out into parts of training camp.

Deshaun Watson QB-HOU
Participating in OTAs

Watson (knee) was seen participating in throwing drills during OTAs on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

ANALYSIS: This is the first time Watson has been seen participating in any sort of football activity after going down with a torn ACL last season, which is another encouraging sign as training camp approaches. Head coach Bill O'Brien has said that Watson is on track to participate in the team's training camp in July, and the fact that the second-year quarterback is already on the field throwing certainly backs that claim up. Barring any setbacks, expect Watson's workload to gradually increase as the offseason moves along in anticipation of a potential return as the starting quarterback Week 1.

Terrelle Pryor WR-NYJ
Out with another ankle injury

Pryor suffered another ankle injury during the offseason and is not participating in OTAs, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

ANALYSIS: Pyror was placed on injured reserve last season in November after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his ankle, but even with his poor season in Washington, the wideout still got another one-year deal with the Jets this offseason. Now, it's unclear whether this is a new injury or a setback for Pryor, but chances are the team will be extra cautious with him this early in the offseason. Pryor is part of a fairly crowded wide receiving corps in New York, and if this ankle injury impacts his availability for training camp in July, he could find himself lower on the depth chart to start the season.

Teddy Bridgewater QB-NYJ

Bridgewater (knee) participated in team drills during OTAs on Tuesday, Connor Hughes of reports.

ANALYSIS: Bridgewater was the second quarterback to take snaps during team drills after Josh McCown, with rookie Sam Darnold bringing up the rear, but that order is likely insignificant this early in the offseason. Regardless, it's another encouraging sign for the quarterback in his recovery that he is continuing to be a participant in the Jets' offseason programs, especially considering that reports surfaced in March that Bridgewater may be held out of the majority of offseason training. Those concerns seem to have been put to bed here, as Bridgewater said his surgically repaired left knee "feels great" after Tuesday's drills. As Bridgewater's health improves, he'll continue battling for position on New York's quarterback depth chart with McCown and Darnold.

Quincy Enunwa WR-NYJ

Enunwa (neck) was seen doing individual drills at the start of OTAs on Tuesday, Connor Hughes of reports.

ANALYSIS: As expected, Enunwa is limited to start OTAs, and given that he is without a helmet, the wideout is likely still dealing with some lingering neck issues after suffering a bulging disk last season. However, the fact that Enunwa is on the field Tuesday is still an encouraging sign for his recovery, and the expectation is still that he will be a full participant in training camp in July, where he will look to re-establish himself as one of the team's top threats in the passing game.

Josh Reynolds WR-LA

Reynolds had surgery in early February to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, Joe Curley of The Ventura County Times reports.

ANALYSIS: A fourth-round pick last year, Reynolds suffered the shoulder injury on special teams in a playoff loss to the Falcons. While not quite back to 100 percent strength, he was healthy enough to take the field for the start of OTAs, putting him on track for full participation at the beginning of training camp. With Brandin Cooks replacing Sammy Watkins in the starting lineup, Reynolds profiles as the likely No. 4 receiver for a second straight year. The same role led to a nice opportunity when Robert Woods missed time last season, but Reynolds finished his rookie campaign with only 11 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown on 24 targets across 16 games and 279 offensive snaps. The Rams didn't draft any wideouts and haven't signed any noteworthy veterans at the position in free agency.

Julian Edelman WR-NE
Back on the field

Edelman, who missed last season with a torn ACL, was on the practice field Monday, reports.

ANALYSIS: Per the Boston Herald, the early reports on Edelman -- who injured his knee in the third week of the 2017 preseason -- have been encouraging. It remains to been seen how close to 100 percent the wideout -- who turned 32 Tuesday -- is at this time, but barring any setbacks, he should be at or near full strength in advance of Week 1. Now that Brandin Cooks is with the Rams, Edelman and Chris Hogan top the Patriots' wide receiver depth chart, with newcomer Jordan Matthews also poised to claim a key role in the team's offense. Competition for slotting beyond the aforementioned trio will be fierce, with Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios all looking to secure roster spots.

Le'Veon Bell RB-PIT
Not attending OTAs

Bell does not plan to attend OTAs,'s Jeremy Fowler reports.

ANALYSIS: Bell has already suggested -- barring a contract extension -- he'll follow a route similar to the one he took last year, when he first reported to team facilities in early September after the final exhibition game. He got off to a slow start with 37 carries for 119 yards and seven catches for 19 yards the first two weeks of the season, yet still managed to finish the year with 1,946 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns in 15 games. The Steelers have until July 16 to sign Bell to a long-term contract, or else he'll play under the franchise tag for $14.54 million, then presumably find a new home next offseason. The team was reported to have interest in some of the top running backs in April's draft but ultimately didn't address the position until selecting hybrid RB/FB/TE Jaylen Samuel in the fifth round. This could be taken as a sign that there's still some hope of extending Bell, though prior negotiations don't seem to have come close to an agreement.

Cam Newton QB-CAR
Taking part in OTAs

Newton (knee) is throwing passes Tuesday at the start of OTAs, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

ANALYSIS: Newton suffered ligament and cartilage damage in his right knee during a Jan. 7 playoff loss to the Saints, but he never left the game and finished with 349 passing yards and two touchdowns. Despite avoiding surgery, there was some concern Newton would be limited or absent from team activities this offseason. While it isn't clear if he's back to 100 percent, his participation in OTAs would seem to put him on track for full clearance at some point before the start of training camp. Newton will be playing with a new-look offense that added running back C.J. Anderson and wideouts Torrey Smith, Jarius Wright and D.J. Moore (a first-round pick) during the offseason. The team did suffer a big loss with the departure of guard Andrew Norwell, along with smaller losses in running back Jonathan Stewart, tight end Ed Dickson and receiver Russell Shepard. Meanwhile, Norv Turner is replacing Mike Shula as Carolina's offensive coordinator, with the stated goal of getting Newton's completion percentage into the 60s for the first time since 2013,'s David Newton reports.

Curtis Samuel WR-CAR

Samuel (ankle) is running routes and catching passes at OTAs on Tuesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

ANALYSIS: While he hasn't necessarily been cleared for all activities, Samuel does appear to have regained most of his quickness, six months after having surgery to repair ligament damage in his left ankle. He was largely limited to straight-line running as of late March, but it isn't shocking to see that he's made considerable progress since the last update two months ago. Samuel is on the right track for full participation at the start of training camp, where he'll compete for snaps with Devin Funchess, D.J. Moore, Torrey Smith, Jarius Wright and Damiere Byrd. Following an unimpressive rookie season, the 2017 second-round pick may end up settling for a role as a gadget player and kick returner.

Ryan Tannehill QB-MIA
Cleared for OTAs

Tannehill (knee) isn't expected to have restrictions at OTAs this week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

ANALYSIS: Tannehill is more than nine months removed from having reconstructive surgery on his left knee, as he initially suffered a partial tear of his ACL in December of 2016, then aggravated the injury during the first week of training camp last year. He seems to be recovering on schedule -- or even a bit ahead -- but it still won't be surprising if the Dolphins manage his workload during training camp. The team is counting on a full rebound, considering Brock Osweiler, David Fales and Bryce Petty are the only other quarterbacks on the roster. Tannehill will be playing without Jarvis Landry at his side for the first time since 2013, but the Dolphins did at least sign a pair of capable slot targets in Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson. The team also used draft picks on tight ends Mike Gesicki (second round) and Durham Smythe (fourth), hoping to find an upgrade on the departed Julius Thomas, who remains unsigned.

Russell Shepard WR-CAR

Shepard signed a contract with the Giants on Monday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

ANALYSIS: Shepard was recently granted his release from the Panthers and now reunites with general manager Dave Gettleman, who was the GM in Carolina that signed Shepard to a three-year, $10 million contract in March of 2017. Unlikely to be counted on for a significant offensive role, Shepard has only averaged 20 receptions over the past two seasons after totaling seven catches in his first three seasons combined. However, the LSU product is considered one of the better gunners on special teams league-wide and will serve the Giants well in that capacity.